Top Graduates and Research Scholars from PTHS 209’s Class of 2009!
Proviso West Class of 2009 Valedictorian Iyesha Robinson (right), of Bellwood, is graduating at the top of her senior class with a 4.6 G.P.A. Robinson received a full Presidential Scholarship to the University of California. She plans to study pre-medicine.
Proviso West Class of 2009 Salutatorian Mayra Gutierrez (left), of Melrose Park, is graduating second in her class with a 3.9 G.P.A. Guitierrez has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship to Dominican University. She plans to major in elementary education.
“Our students never cease to amaze me,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. “These young ladies have been so focused throughout their high school careers and now they are moving on to greater things. I cannot tell you how proud I am of their success. Watch out for these Lady Panthers. They are unstoppable.”
Proviso West to Host Ray McElroy Pro Football Youth Camp
Proviso West High School will host the highly anticipated Ray McElroy Pro Football Youth Camp, directed by Proviso West Alum and Professional NFL member Ray McElroy.
The camp is held June 24th through June 27th 2009, and will provide campers with fun and competitive professional football training from some of the best current and former professional and college football players and coaches in the country. The students will also be visited by this year’s special guest, Chicago Bear’s Mark Anderson.
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Proviso West Students Take a Closer Look at Corporate America
Proviso West High School students are taking a closer look at high powered positions in corporate America through their business and food nutrition courses. So far this year, the students of Proviso West have visited the Chicago Board of Trade, Lustre Inc., AT&T, NBC Chicago, and the Federal Reserve.
This month, the students took a trip to McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters to take a behind the scenes look with Proviso West Alum and Vice President of McDonald's Global Restaurants Measurements Division, Jerry Calabrese.
Calabrese, who graduated from Proviso West in 1969, said it’s important to give back to the students of Proviso.
“The key reason why we do things like this is because the students we teach are our future,” said Calabrese. “So, if we can do something to help them prepare for the next stage of their lives, it makes our communities better—it makes the world better. It’s all about the kids.”
Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate the Graduating Class of 2009!
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will celebrate the commencement of over 950 graduating students from the class of 2009 on May 24th and May 30th.
Proviso West High School will award 542 diplomas to graduating students who have brought in $2.1 million in college scholarships. Proviso West’s graduation will also be held on May 24th at the UIC Pavilion. The start time is 1:00 p.m.
Some PTHS Students will go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States.
Congratulations Students! PTHS 209 is extremely proud of you.
PTHS 209 Celebrates Marine Week with the United States Marine Corp
This week Proviso Township High Schools District 209 was visited by the United States Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.) where members of the military branch spoke with students about their roles as marines, and the Marine Corps’ core values—honor, courage, and commitment.
“This week the Marines are invading Chicago in celebration of Marine Week,” said Master Sergeant Alain Reyes. “Our whole purpose is to let people know that we have a place—not only to serve our country, but also to serve our communities.”
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PTHS 209 Says ‘THANK YOU’ to the Educators of Proviso Township HS
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 celebrated the hard work and dedication of teachers in PTHS 209 in honor of teacher appreciation week.
“This is an important week,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We want to recognize the hard work, dedication, and commitment that our teachers show everyday to the students of 209. What they do is vitally important to shaping our future leaders and our district as a whole.”
Collins-Hart visited with teachers of each school for dessert and a Superintendent Chat where teachers expressed their excitement over improved curriculum initiatives, the positive impact the busing program has had on attendance, and their desire for higher standards & expectations and community unity.
Proviso West All-Star Hoopsters Will Continue To Play in College
Four Proviso West senior boys’ basketball players will continue their hooping careers in college next season.
Robert Covington, who was offered 12 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division 1 scholarships, has signed on to play at Tennessee State University. The six-foot, seven-inch forward was named West Suburban Conference Player of the Year and was an All-Area selection in the Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper. He was also nominated to play in three All-star games. Covington has led the Panthers to victory time and time again. He averages 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game. Now he’s taking a full scholarship and his basketball success to Tennessee.
Support the Proviso West SEED Club and the Environment—Go Green! Recycle!
Proviso West High School’s recycling program is designed to help students, parents, and the community be more environmentally conscious and do their part in helping preserve the environment through recycling.
“It’s obvious that we’re trying to save the earth,” said Proviso West Sophomore Joseph Ovieeo. “We need help. Recycling helps to reduce waste and allows us to reuse materials.”
One of the great things about recycling is that the process also helps to minimize the presence of waste materials in our communities. It reduces energy usage, water pollution, air pollution, and preserves natural resources.
The Proviso West SEED club invites parents and community members to bring recyclable materials to the green and yellow “Paper Retriever” dumpster, located on the side of the Proviso West Auto Shop. On Thursdays, students will unload your recyclables right from your trunk.
The following items are being collected: computer and notebook paper, newspaper, magazines, shopping catalogs, cereal boxes, folders, and mail.
Proviso West Students Honored by the Women’s Society of Engineers
Sixteen Proviso West Students were honored and celebrated by the Women’s Society of Engineers for their outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.
The students were recognized and awarded certificates at the April Board of Education Meeting.
“These students represent the best in math and science,” said Proviso West Instructor Robert Hurley. “Each student was recommended by their chemistry, physics, and math teachers as students who are best able to handle the scientific process, and integrate various skills into science.”
Proviso West Announcement: 2009-20010 Course Requests Deadline Apr 30th
Attention Proviso West Parents and Students:
All parents should have received a list of their students’ course selections for the 2009-2010 school year during the report card pick-up. If you have not received this list, please see your student’s counselor immediately. The deadline for making changes to students’ course selections is April 30th. Any request for changes in course selections must be done in writing on the back of the course selection form and signed by a parent or guardian. Students must submit all requested changes to their counselor.
**Students must meet all pre-requisites for requested courses.
PTHS 209 Students: Prepare for Testing
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will have mandatory state testing on April 22nd and April 23rd.
“Students across the nation take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is important for parents to be involved with these dates because with planning, parents can help their students succeed.”
Parents can lend students a hand by ensuring that students eat a balanced dinner before test day, and a good breakfast on test day. It’s also important for students to get a good night’s sleep and be on time or even early to school on test day. Also, it helps for parents to talk to their children about the test and its importance.
Congratulations students and parents on a job well done.
Proviso West Key Club Lends Ronald McDonald House a Hand
Proviso West Key Club members rallied the entire school together in a food drive to donate over 500 pounds of food to the Ronald McDonald House, which houses families with critically ill children.
“The Key Club’s donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities will help the families of seriously ill children stay close to their children who are forced to endure days, weeks, and even months in the hospital,” said Mike Rauche, chairman of the donation program called “Food Checkout Day 2009.”
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has improved attendance and even gone green by putting its pilot transportation program in full swing.
PTHS 209’s transportation program was launched at Proviso East on January 18th and at Proviso West on February 18th. So far, the program is showing promise of high ridership and improved attendance.
“This program has been twelve years in the making,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace as she ushered students off of the bus and into the school building. “It has been a long time coming. Now that it is here, our students should take advantage of it. The program allows students to get to school in the morning on time without worrying about who’ll drop them off or how they’ll get home. It just takes away one of the major anxieties of the day.”
Proviso East High School's average attendance rate has jumped from 68% to 83% since the launch of PTHS 209’s transportation program.
Attendance was measured over a fourteen day period from January 22nd to February 8th. The numbers represent a 15% increase from last year when there was no free transportation being offered.
“The transportation initiative was implemented to improve the quality of life for PTHS students, to ensure their safety, and to help boost attendance and boost student achievement by getting students to school and into the classroom where learning takes place,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “Never in Proviso’s history has there been such a large scale free transportation program.”
Thus far, PTHS 209 has transported thousands of students to and from school. Transportation and attendance numbers are growing daily. And for Proviso students who have joined the “go green” movement, PTHS 209’s transportation program creates a prime opportunity.
School bus transportation is not only the safest form of transportation for school age students, but it also reduces traffic congestion around schools, helps parents save money on gasoline, helps reduce carbon emissions, and helps reduce the number of cars on the road.
So, go green! Get on the bus. To find the school bus stop near you please contact Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.
Proviso West Interpretive Praise Dancers Give from the Heart
Proviso West’s Interpretive Praise Dancers have raised over $400 for Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park, a community organization whose mission is to stand with and support women and families who’ve been victims of domestic violence.
The praise dancers took collections from teachers, staff, and students for their “Give with Your Heart” campaign.
“This was a very positive event,” said Proviso West Senior and Team Captain Shaina Griffin. “It feels good to help other people. When we [The Praise Dancers] bless the lives of others it brings good into our lives.”
Sarah’s Inn has been helping women and families in the Oak Park community since 1981.
Proviso West High School Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society
Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso West's National Honor Society. The selected members have shown strong dedication to their community, their school, to education, and growth by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Nominate Your Favorite Instructor for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Over 25Years of Rewarding and Inspiring Great Teaching
The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.
PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This program recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
PTHS 209 Now Offers Online Educational Resources for Students
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has launched an educational resource link on the “Students” page of www.pths209.org to provide easy access to resources that may help support student learning.
PTHS 209 Scholars of Excellence: Celebrating Women’s History Month – Young Women Pushing Forward
Iyesha Robinson of Bellwood, is a senior at Proviso West High School. Robinson ranks number one in her senior class. She’s a member of Proviso West’s National Honor Society, Captain of the cheerleading squad, and President of Girl’s League.
She takes AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus, and AP Biology. Robinson says she hopes to be a young woman of excellence much like those who’ve paved the way for women’s history month.
“At one point women were treated inferior to men,” said Robinson. “Now, everyday women are showing that they are excellent.”
Robinson’s mother, Gail Robinson, said, “Iyesha has always had high ambition to achieve her own set standards. She puts time and commitment into her activities and her education and I’m very proud of that.”
Robinson has applied to the University of Southern California (USC), Stanford, Howard, and Princeton. She’s already been accepted to USC and Howard. She hopes to become a pediatrician or sports medicine physician.
Congratulations Iyesha! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence.
Proviso West Marching Panthers to Perform at “Scrapple Apple”
The Proviso West High School Band will be performing at the "Scrapple in the Apple" (a competition hosted by the Brooklyn Steppers) on March 14, 2009.
The Brooklyn Steppers is an acclaimed band from Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Steppers have received many accolades including performing for the Presidential Inauguration. In addition to the Proviso West Band performing, the Proviso West Steppers will also perform at a "Step Show" that weekend.
For more information, please contact Proviso West’s Band Director Sam Atcher at 708.202.6341 or email email@example.com.
PTHS 209 Launches Scholarship Resource Link for Parents & Students
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has launched a scholarship resource section on pths209.org to help students and parents better locate resources and funding to support students’ higher education.
“Too often parents and students are not aware of scholarship opportunities that could lessen the financial burden on families,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “So we’re happy to make this resource an addition to our website. We will also continue to look for other resources to add to our website that may benefit our students and parents.”
Someone to Watch: Proviso West Junior Makes Panther History
Proviso West's Kyle Prater has a 3.2 G.P.A. He stands about six feet four inches tall and carries a small stapled stack of papers in his wallet. The papers are worn and folded, filled with words of wisdom and quotes that remind him to stay focused and work hard. He also carries a note in his wallet from his mother reminding him to stay humble and keep God first. His Mom, Sonya Prater, gave him the note knowing that her son is in the spotlight in high school football recruiting arenas, and in Proviso West High School.
Prater, a 204-pound wide receiver, has received offers from every Big Ten school in the country including: Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Arizona. But Prater made Panther History when he received his 17th offer from Stanford University. Never before has Stanford University offered a scholarship to a Proviso West student for athletics.
Join PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services for Grandparents’ Day!
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and West Suburban Senior Services invite the seniors of Proviso Township to a Saturday of entertainment, information, and relaxation March 14th, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.
Activities begin with refreshments from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Seniors are encouraged to come out, mingle, and enjoy the fun.
What: Proviso West will host its highly anticipated talent show "The Next Great Thing"
When: Saturday February 21, 2009. It will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Where: In the Little Theatre.
Cost: Tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $5.00 per seat.
Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Proviso West Launches Transportation Program
Proviso West High School’s full transportation program is in full swing! The program began on Wednesday, February 18th when over twenty buses began transporting Proviso West students to school.
All parents and students are encouraged to take full advantage of Proviso’s new transportation system. All students are eligible!
Students are to arrive at their designated bus stop locations at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. At the end of the school day (after dismissal) the buses will leave Proviso West at approximately 3:25 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Proviso West's Transportation hotline at 708-202-6299 or the District line at 708-338-5931.
FULL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for 20 Proviso East or West JUNIOR students interested in pursuing a health related career program as offered by Triton College.
Beginning this summer, students accepted into the program will start a 30 hr paid work week with hands-on training in their health field of interest at Westlake Hospital.
The hands-on training for an 8 hour work week will continue through out the student’s senior year. Upon graduation, each student will receive full Triton College tuition as well as other expenses deemed necessary for their successful completion of a health career program. This may include expenses for books, fees, uniforms, etc.
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PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West Senior Shines in Class and on the Field
Kendrick Body of Bellwoodis a senior at Proviso West High School and according to Proviso West teachers and administrators he shines in the classroom, in the halls, and on the football field. Body maintains a 3.0 GPA while playing football, running track, and participating in Proviso West's wrestling program.
Body hopes to go on from Proviso West to attend Iowa Wesleyan College.
"I am extremely proud of Kendrick," said Proviso West Dean Palm. "He has really shown what he's made of academically and athletically. Body has a big big heart on the field and in the halls. I'm honored to have met him. He is truly a role model."
When asked what he wants to do after college Body replied, "I want to come back to Proviso West as a football coach."
Congratulations Kendrick! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!
Something You Should Know: HARVARD UNIVERSITY Offers Free Tuition to Low-Income Families
Harvard University has announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!
If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition.
Proviso Township High Schools has launched its transportation program!
The program begins at Proviso West on February 18th, 2009.
Proviso West parents are encouraged to check the mail for bus route information and to contact the school if bus route information is not received by February 10th.
Students are asked to arrive at their designated bus stop locations at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. At the end of the school day (after dismissal) the buses will leave Proviso West at approximately 3:25 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Proviso West's Transportation hotline at 708-202-6299 or the District line at 708-338-5931.
Congratulations! Proviso West Swim Team Takes 3rd Place in 1st Annual Proviso West Swim Invitational!
Congratulations to the Proviso West Swim Team for hosting their 1st Annual Swim Invitational and placing third in this exciting event! Proviso West hadn't hosted such a large scale swim event since 1970.
The Proviso West Swim Team earned 3rd place with 233 points, Deerfield was 1st with 400 points, Hinsdale South won 2nd with 294 points and Morton came in 4th with 177 points.
(Photo courtesy of Darrell Goemaat, Chicago Tribune / January 24, 2009)
Proviso West Students Win Big at Elmhurst Art Fair
Congratulations! Proviso West students had a tremendous showing at this year's Elmhurst College Art Exhibit.
The Panthers took home 12 Ribbons. The following students received recognition:
Yellow Ribbons for Judge's Award Adanely Mendez,
Red Ribbons for Distinction Raphael Heard,
Green Ribbons for Honors Liliana Rodriguez,
Blue Ribbons for Excellence Monique Mathews,
Purple Ribbons for Special Honors Heberth Barba**
**Barba was also awarded a talent scholarship to attend Elmhurst College in any art major.
Proviso West Alum Selected to Fly Over Obama Inauguration
Proviso West Alum and United States Navy Lieutenant Alex Hampton, of Bellwood, is destined to become a part of one of America's most historical moments by participating in the highly anticipated inauguration of President Barack Obama (Jan. 20, 2009).
Alex Hampton, who graduated from Proviso West in 1994, was a fighter pilot for one of two Navy fighter jets that will honor Obama during the 55th Inaugural Ceremony military fly-over.
Hampton said he's humbled by this event and is happy to represent his home, Proviso Township.
Above: Proviso West Alum Alex Hampton seated in his fighter jet.
Proviso West S.A.D.D. Club participates in Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients Program
Students atProviso West are participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients program, which raises funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma research, and for patient services. The program teaches students the value of helping others as they work for a good cause.
"This is my second year collecting for the Pennies for Patients campaign," said Jorgelina Jaquez, a Proviso West senior from Melrose Park. "I like knowing that I am helping to raise money to help cure a disease that affects so many, especially children. I came to this country two years ago from the Dominican Republic. I knew many people who had leukemia there. I am happy to assist in a small way with finding a cure".
Congratulations students and parents on a job well done.
Proviso West Hosts Another Successful Holiday Tournament
Congratulations to Proviso West for hosting its 48th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament. This year's tournament marked the first Proviso West boys basketball team championship game since 1995. Proviso West Seniors Robert Covington and Tramel Owens were named to the All-Tournament Team. This marked the first time two PW players were chosen for All-Tournament since 1985 when Alonzo Verge and Rod Parker were selected.
Below is a picture slide-show of the spectacular event.
PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night Cancelled: Please refer to notice section on right.
On January 15, 2009 from 6pm-8pm, Proviso Township High Schools will host "Back to School Night."
During "Back to School Night" parents will have an opportunity to meet and dialogue with teachers, principals, and other parents.
"This is a great way for parents to become more actively involved in their children's education and for our schools to welcome our parents and show them how much their support is valued," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "This event will encourage teachers and parents to develop positive relationships. It will also be encouraging for students to see how invested their parents are in their education."
Proviso's "Back to School Night" is designed to provide parents with the insights and tools they may need to help their children become more successful in school.
Collins-Hart said, "We are encouraging parents to make the 2009 turnout one of the best ever"
**NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Sept 25th, but had to be rescheduled due to flooding.
PTHS 209 Bus Service Begins!
Proviso Township High Schools has launched its transportation program!
The program begins at Proviso East on Jan. 20th and at Proviso West on Feb. 17th.
Proviso East parents are encouraged to check the mail for bus route information and to contact the school if bus route information is not received by January 15th.
Students are asked to arrive at their designated bus stop locations five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. At the end of the school day (after dismissal) the buses will leave Proviso East at approximately 3:25 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Proviso East Principal Mr. Milton Patch at 708-202-1611. Proviso West parents can look for their students' bus route information to be mailed no later than Friday, January 23rd.
La Secundaria Proviso East tiene gusto en informarle que el servicio de transportación empezara el 20 de Enero. Usted recibira por correo información acerca de las rutas del bus escolar, le pedimos que este pendiente. Si usted no recibe esta información antes del 15 de Enero, por favor comuniquese con nosotros.
Chicago Sun-Times Features Proviso West: Successful Alumni and Students
The name of the game for Panthers is Success, said the December 24th issue of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Proviso West High School was featured in a full page spread on the High School Spotlight page (pg. 50) of the Chicago Sun-Times. The article highlights the school's athletic accomplishments, current students, and notable alumni.
Among the notable alums listed were: Dallas Cowboys Offensive Tackle Flozell Adams, NASA Astronaut Lee Archambault, Actor Steve Bannos, NFL Star Ray McElroy, Ex Proviso West Tournament Director Joe Spagnolo, Founder of Chicago Band Walter Parazaider, Author Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Proviso's School Board President Chris Welch.
The article also highlighted current students: Celeste Jones, Delaney Fluker, Phillip Molley, Kenny Leggins, Rob Covington, Kyle Prater, Chakese Williams, Stephen Lockhart, and Monica Pidy, for "continuing the winning tradition."
Proviso West to Participate in 10th Annual Elmhurst College High School Art Exhibition
Young artists from 10 local high schools, including the talented students of Proviso West, will showcase the work of their art departments at an Elmhurst College exhibition beginning January 7th- January 21st 2009.
Students from Proviso West, Addison Trail, East Leyden and West Leyden, Fenton, Lyons, Morton East and Morton West, Willowbrook and York High Schools will display works of art in a wide variety of media platforms, from painting to computer art and video.
Scholarships will be awarded to students from each high school. Two scholarships will be awarded to Proviso West High School students. All scholarship recipients will be announced during the exhibition reception on Wednesday, January 14th at 6:00 p.m. See reception details below.
Date: Wed., Jan. 14, 2009 Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Frick Center, Founders Lounge
190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
General Admission: Free and open to the public.
Proviso West NJROTC Shines During Annual Inspection
Battalion, Aah-ten-hut! Proviso West NJROTC assembled as a remarkable military unit and passed their annual military inspection while presenting accomplishments and goals for the future.
PWHS's NJROTC consists of 335 students. The unit's goals as presented by Proviso West Senior and NJROTC Commander LaCandria Churchill are to: establish a unit tutoring program to raise the unit's GPA by the end of third quarter, have the drill team place in at least one event at two distinguished unit qualifiers, increase unit participation in parades, increase school support, and have a successful tutoring program that involves 35 percent of the senior class at Hillside School by 3rd quarter.
Wondering how to find cash for college? Attend Proviso West's Financial Aid Night on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm (in the Little Theater) to find out how to make your college dreams a reality.
Financial aid is money given to students and families to help them pay for college. Getting all the financial aid you are eligible for can be tricky because there are so many different sources of money, such as the federal government, state governments, colleges, companies, and nonprofit organizations.
During Financial Aide Night, students and parents will receive information about FAFSA forms, loans, grants, and scholarships. Students and parents will also have an opportunity to discuss other financial aide concerns.
All senior students and parents are strongly urged to attend. Sophomore and junior students and parents are also welcome.
Don't miss the opportunity to discover ways to find cash for one of the biggest investment you'll ever make.
Proviso Area Worship Singers (P.A.W.S.) to Host Annual Winter Concert
The Proviso Area Worship Singers (P.A.W.S.), the gospel choir of Proviso West High School, will host their Annual Winter Concert on Friday, December 5, 2008, at 7 pm.
This event will take place at Freedom Baptist Church located at 4541 Harrison Street in Hillside, IL 60162.
The Alumni choir will also perform to commemorate Proviso West's 50th Anniversary. This is a treat that you don't want to miss! Come out with the Panthers to hear the soulful gospel sounds of P.A.W.S.!
Above: Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace and members of P.A.W.S.
PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West Student from ESL to 20+ Club
Serena Bedu is a senior at Proviso West High School. She came to the United States from Togo, West Africa just four years ago without being able to speak any English. Now Serena Bedu is among the top in her class with a 4.1 G.P.A. She's Historian for the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Council, Key Club Treasurer, French Honor Society President, French Club President and she's a member of the Proviso West Tennis Team. Serena also became a member of Proviso West's 20 + Club when she scored a 23 on her ACT exam.
"Serena's desire to learn and succeed really outweighed the obstacle of her not knowing English," said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. "She is a role model for our children. Her determination and drive are just amazing."
Bedu says she hopes to go on to the University of Illinois, UIC, Michigan State, or Iowa State as a biology major.
"I hope to one day travel back to my country, Togo," said Bedu. "I want to go back there and help. I always dream of traveling back to open a clinic for the less fortunate."
Congratulations Serena! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!
Proviso Township High Schools to Host 34th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser
PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invites the Proviso Township Community to attend its 34th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of both Proviso East and Proviso West High School.
The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school singers. They entertain and amaze while performinga repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries. The Madrigal Singers appear in elegant period costume and bring the music, drama, food, and spirit of an Old English Renaissance Christmas.
Proviso Township Students Bring Down the House in Proviso West's Fall Choral Concert
Congratulations to the Proviso Township High Schools’ Concert Choir, Beginning Mixed Chorus, and Madrigal Singers for their outstanding performance in the Proviso Township High Schools Annual Fall-Winter Choral Concert.
Over 100 students from Proviso East and Proviso West put on a magical performance with an array of music in various languages including: French, Latin, and German.
The PTHS 209 choir drew a packed house in Proviso West’s Little Theatre, and thrilled audiences with their impeccable performance.
'Tis the season to give! Proviso West to Begin Annual Clothing Drive
Proviso West Student Council and the Proviso West Key Club are joining together to make a positive impact on the Proviso community through this year's annual clothing drive.
Students, parents, and community members are asked to donate any articles of clothing including: gloves, hats, and scarves that are in good condition. Please bring all donations to the Proviso West Main office.
The clothing drive will begin on Nov. 26, 2008 and will continue through December 14, 2008. All donations will go to organizations that support the less fortunate and those in need.
They Key Club is sponsored by The Kiwanis of Westchester. For more information about the Proviso West Clothing Drive please contact: Mr. Jalove at 708.202.6325.
Congratulations! Proviso West Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society
Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso West’s National Honor Society. The selected members have shown strong dedication to their community, their school, and education by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Mercedes Amador, Melrose Park
Raven Brown, Bellwood
Darrien Doss, Maywood
Delaney Fluker, Bellwood
Estefania Gallegos, Stone Park
Damian Haggerty, Bellwood
Joy Jenkins, Bellwood
Brandie Murphy, Bellwood
Maggie Rizzo, Hillside
Ana Rodriguez, Bellwood Ondria Sansosti, Hillside
Marquanda Stenhouse, Bellwood
Jasmine Turner, Bellwood
Maria Vargas, Hillside
Ashlye Watson, Bellwood
You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Congratulations to Proviso Township High Schools' Honor Roll Students!
Congratulations to the nearly 900 Proviso Township High School Students that made the 2008-2009 First Quarter Honor Roll! The PTHS 209 Board of Education and PTHS 209 Administrators are so proud of your accomplishment! You are the top students in the district and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Click here to see complete honor roll list for Proviso West.
Congratulations students and parents on a job well done.
Proviso West Joins Fight Against World Hunger
Proviso West High School students have come together to join Terra Incognito Studios, The La Grange Business Association and participating La Grange businesses in the fight against hunger by supporting the international project, “Empty Bowls.”
The “Empty Bowls” project began in 1990. It was designed to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that help feed the homeless and fight poverty across the globe. Millions of people participate each year by making ceramic bowls and selling them for a fund raising meal. This year Proviso West students are making their own ceramic bowls to donate to the cause.
“This project is very unique,” said Proviso West Junior Onyebuchri Okusor. “There are a lot of poor people in the world, so it’s nice that we get to actually do something to help them and the community.”
Triton to Host Early Assessment Day for PTHS 209 Juniors
Are you a PTHS 209 high school junior? If tomorrow happened to be the first day of college, do you know if you're academically ready? What are your grades in math and English courses? Do you think that you might need a review in certain areas? If so, please mark your calendars for Triton College’s early assessment days on Nov. 6 and Nov 8.
Triton College, in partnership with local school districts, is hosting Early Assessment Day for high school juniors and their parents to increase college preparation and access.
During this event students will have the opportunity to assess their college readiness in math and English by using the COMPASS placement test, developed by ACT Inc.
PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: West Student Excels in Activities and Academics
Mercedes Amador is a senior at Proviso West High School. She's a self-proclaimed "military brat," which makes her right at home as a member of Proviso West's NJROTC. Then again, she's also at home with the Proviso West Student Advisory Council, Key Club, Girl's League, Multi-Cultural Club and the Proviso West National Honor Society.
Amador is also a member of Proviso West's prestigious 20+ Club, a club for students who score a 20 or above on the ACT. She has a 3.4 G.P.A. and is enrolled in Honors Pre-Calculus, AP European History, and AP English Literature.
"Mercedes is a student who doesn't just sit on her hands," said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. "She has become a really important part of our school. Her personality, intelligence, and ability outshine her beauty, and I know she will be a major success."
Amador says she hopes to attend the University of Chicago and major in Liberal Arts.
Congratulations Mercedes! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!
The PTHS 209 Board of Education Congratulates Proviso West for 50 Years of Excellence!
From The PTHS 209 Board of Education:
Congratulations to Proviso West High School for fifty years of excellence and service to the Proviso community!
Above (L-R): PTHS 209 Board Member Theresa Kelly, Board Member Brian Cross, Board Secretary Sue Henry, the Proviso West Panther, Board President Chris Welch, and Board Member Robin Foreman, at the Proviso West Homecoming Parade on October 4, 2008.
Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Visits Proviso West
Illinois Senate President Emil Jones visited Proviso West High School as a part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration. The purpose of the visit was to encourage students to stay focused, follow their dreams, and stay in school.
"The most important thing you can do, at your young age is to stay in school and continue to apply yourself," Jones said, as he spoke with a group of Proviso West students. "You must apply yourself. If you apply yourself you can and will succeed."
Jones spent the entire day at Proviso West speaking to students in the school's auditorium. Students had an opportunity to ask the Senior Senator questions about laws that directly impact them, including questions about school funding, new driver's license laws, and possible academic incentives for students.
Fisk University Concert Choir to Help Celebrate West's 50th Year Anniversary
On Thursday, October 23, the Fisk University Concert Choir from Nashville, TN, will help celebrate Proviso West High School's 50th Anniversary.
The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Freedom Church Auditorium in Hillside.
PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: West Student Joins The 20+ Club
Javin Cotton is a senior at Proviso West High School. He is president of the class of 2009 which he describes as “the best class at Proviso West.” He is Vice President of the Proviso West National Honor Society and Vice President of the Proviso Area Worship Singers.
Javin is a member of the 20+ club at Proviso West, a club for students who score a 20 or above on the ACT.
“Javin Cotton is at the top of his class,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. “He really does set an example for what Proviso West students can accomplish. I am so very proud of him.”
Upon graduation, Javin hopes to attend a Historically Black College or University and return to Proviso West as a teacher. He also hopes to one day serve as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
Congratulations, Javin! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!
Proviso West Students Excited About Registering to Vote!
Proviso West High School is offering eligible students (ages 18 and over) the opportunity to get registered to vote.
Studies show that more and more young people are getting excited about their power of choice. The number of young voters in the 2008 presidential election has tripled, even quadrupled in some states compared to the 2004 elections.
Proviso West Senior DeAndre Miller registered to vote on Thursday. He says he can’t wait to participate in the upcoming elections.
Proviso West Students Share Their Artwork With The World
Move over famous artists. Proviso West High School artists are taking over the spotlight. Proviso West art teacher, Sean Shipley, has teamed up with Artsonia, the world's largest online student art museum to display Proviso West students’ artwork.
Proviso West High School students join thousands of students from over 100 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. “This program is a wonderful way to get parents and family members more involved in Art Education,” said Sean Shipley.
Anyone can view the Proviso West School Gallery online at: www.artsonia.com/schools/provisowest1. Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits.
On September 22, 2008, the Proviso West High School Art Department and other art departments in Hillside, Illinois will participate in the international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started last year by two art teachers in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.
In 2007, groups in over 2,400 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels.
Locally, Proviso West Art Instructor Sean Shipley will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
Lindsey Coppola has been teaching English at Proviso West for three years. This summer she worked with the Discovery Channel to create lesson plans for various documentary productions including the NASA Documentary "When We Left Earth."
NASA and Discovery Communications joined in a broad media partnership to commemorate NASA's 50th anniversary. The space agency, which was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act, began operations on Oct. 1, 1958.
"It is so cool to say that I have worked with these NASA Scientists on their documentary lesson plans," said Coppola. "This project really helped me think in terms of integrated curriculum. I always try to see how I can integrate history and science into my English classes. I've brought so much of what I learned while working with Discovery back into the classroom."
Coppola's Lesson Plans were designed to help teachers all around the world.
They are now being featured on the Discovery website and the NASA "When We Left Earth" DVDs, said Coppola.
On August 16th Proviso West will begin to commemorate its 50th anniversary, celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Proviso West founders, faculty, and students who have come and gone. Read more>>